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The idea of the nation and the surge in Sweden's xenophobic right

The social democrats and the moderate right in Sweden have both abandoned the idea of the nation, leaving it to the extreme right. Listen to Professor Lars Tragardth of the Institute for Civil Society Studies at Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm on the Swedish election result (audio, 34mins)

Does the rise of the Sweden Democrats and the consolidation of the center right imply the end of a certain idea of social democracy in Sweden? No, argues Professor Tragardth, except to the extent that both the Social Democrats and the Alliance have abandoned the idea of the nation. And there are those who need it.

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About the authors

Tony Curzon Price was Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy from 2007 to 2012, where he is now contributing editor and technical director. He blogs at tony.curzon.com

Professor  Lars Tragardh is affiliated with the Ersta Sköndal University College. He received his Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley in 1993 after living and carrying out research for several years in both Germany and Sweden. Later he taught European history at Barnard College, Columbia University for ten years, and was affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Europe at Columbia University.

 


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